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Stratford-upon-Avon Attractions

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, home of William Shakespeare's Wife

At Shakespeare-upon-Avon the main attractions are themed around the quill-scratching playwrite. Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel to get to grips with the Bard or just relax along the pretty River Avon.

Historic Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is home to the “courting chair” upon which William Shakespeare reputedly wooed his wife Anne. At Mary Arden’s House, the former home of Shakespeare’s mum, rare-breed pigs patted by children by day grunt by night during outdoor performances of Richard III. You can see the Bard’s “second best” bed at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Art and museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Falstaff Experience/Tudor World Museum isn’t all bard news. You’ll also learn about plague, fire and Elizabethan intrigue. The Gallery showcases work by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. At Shakespearience expect gusts of wind, thunder claps and hi-tech wizardry on a romp through the life of you know who.

Quirky things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

You can wander through a tropical rainforest of waterfalls and more than 1,500 winged beauties at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Watch out for the goliath bird-eating tarantula with furry legs almost as long as a small child’s. No, they don’t roam free.

Events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel and join Shakespeare’s April birthday celebrations with street performers and a procession to Holy Trinity Church, the Bard’s last resting place. At the Christmas Festival, Shakespeare’s jollier bearded rival Santa receives visitors in his Winter Wonderland grotto.

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Attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Compton Verney, courtesy of Compton Verney
Compton Verney

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 11am-5pm Mar - Dec 2013; not Mon (annual)

Coughton Court

Opening times:
House: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Gardens: Wed-Sun 11am-5.30pm Mar - Nov 2013; not Mon or Tue (annual)

Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Kiftsgate. Courtesy of Anne and Jonny Chambers
Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Opening times:
Apr & Sep: Sun, Mon & Wed 2pm-6pm
May-Jul: Sat-Wed 12pm-6pm
Aug: Sat-Wed 2pm-6pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

Chastleton House

Opening times:
Mar 1pm-4pm; Apr-Sep 1pm-5pm; Oct 1pm-4pm Mar - Nov 2013; Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat only (annual)

St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry
St Mary's Guildhall

Opening times:
Sun-Thu 10am-4pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Fri or Sat (annual)

What's on in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Living Shakespeare

Dates Open:
24/07/2015 to 27/07/2015
25/09/2014 to 28/09/2014

Stratford On Avon Music Festival

Dates Open:
15/10/2014 to 21/10/2014

Stratford Mop Fair

Dates Open:
11/10/2014 to 11/10/2014

It's apple time at Mary Arden's House in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo credit to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Apple Days

Dates Open:
01/10/2014 to 01/10/2014

Hanbury Hall

Dates Open:
27/02/2015 to 25/06/2015
26/06/2015 to 31/08/2015
06/11/2014 to 19/12/2014
01/09/2014 to 31/10/2014
01/09/2015 to 31/10/2015

Horse of the Year Show

Dates Open:
04/10/2014 to 09/10/2014

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